Gorgias of Epirus (3rd century BC), a Greek sophist, was born in his dead mother’s coffin! Pallbearers heard him crying out as they carried his mother’s coffin to the grave.
In the 1700s in Paris, women wore hats with lightning rods attached when venturing outdoors during bad weather. Bad idea.
The last time a cavalry charge was used in war was in the Second World War. A mongolian cavalry division charged against a German infantry division – the result? Not one German was killed and 2,000 of the cavalry were.
Romans invented the Lollypop.
The idea of making people pay to use public toilets was introduced by the Roman emperor Vespasian, who instituted a ‘urine tax’ on public conveniences as a way of raising funds following a civil war.
Morphine was named after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams.
Christopher Columbus believed until he died that he’d landed in Asia instead of in the “new world”.
In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.